Maybe it's my Midwestern roots showing, but gosh darnit, I do love a good casserole. Put it in a pan, bake it up, everybody is happy. If you're looking for a good collection of recipes to kickstart casserole season (a.k.a. from now until spring), look no further than this cookbook from the Casserole Queens themselves.
Spiced rum doesn't really scream summer to me, but iced tea sure does! Mix them together and you get a refreshing lemony tea with an adult spin. This cocktail has a lovely spicy kick, perfect for sipping outside on a hot summer eve. Not to mention, it can be whipped up in less than 10 minutes.
I really feel for my husband at the start of every fall. Ever since we moved to the midwest, he has almost crippling fall allergies due to the ragweed. The many years we lived in New York? Nada. I know that time of year is upon us, which has led me to seek out ways to help in preparation for what's coming:
The first day of fall is exactly one month from today. Autumn is my favorite season of the year, but that doesn't mean I'm ready to give up all the wonderful summer produce that's been showing up in my CSA box. This week I'm totally into grilled peaches.
Recent cooler temperatures in the Midwest have me dreaming of the fall to come, but I'm still trying to get my fill of my favorite summer food: baby dill pickles. Because everything tastes better in miniature.
The other night, I went to a friend's house for one of those delightfully casual, last minute summer dinners. She had ordered pizza from the shop around the corner (mmmmm...artichokes and anchovies...) and the wine was already open and flowing. Summer is easy. Bed times aren't as strict and no one has homework, so dinner just kind of happens. But the smell that reached my nose when I entered her kitchen reminded me that fall is coming.
Mhmm you butter believe that these large cows and princesses are made out of butter (sorry, not sorry). These strange and kind of awesome sculptures are a staple at many state fairs across the country. What is your fair's butter sculpture this year?
This week I've been sharing the outdoor movie party I hosted with my friend Beth, and today I'm going to give you a full look at how we transformed her tiny backyard into a cozy outdoor living room perfect for movie-watching under the stars. We wanted to give our friends the full outdoor summer movie screening experience, but with lots of homemade touches to make it more personal than the usual movie in the park.
Being movie nerds, my friends and I have often kicked around the idea of throwing a party like this, but we never got around to making it happen. Don't make our mistake! This is a gathering that feels special, yet doesn't have to involve too much extra work for you. Want to see how we made it happen?
In the winter, polenta, sausage and greens is a dinner we probably make at least once a week. Sometimes we'll mix it up with a rich tomato sauce or I'll cool the polenta in a pan, slice it into squares and fry it to have with a big salad. But in the summer we're rarely inspired to make a pot, likely because it just seems like such a stick-to-your-ribs cold weather food. But have you tried fresh corn polenta made with ripe summer corn? Now that's a different story.
It may seem crazy to make a hearty soup in August, but if you live anywhere near Atlanta you know we have been experiencing the dreariest, rainiest month that I can recall. A warm bowl of chicken enchilada soup was actually the perfect cure for my late summer, nasty weather blues.